Loading Events
  • This event has passed.

Jill McCorkle presenting “Old Crimes: Stories” in conversation with JAYNE ANNE PHILLIPS

January 30 @ 7:00 pm

 |  FREE


January 30
7:00 pm
Event Categories:


Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States


Harvard Book Store
(617) 661-1515

Old Crimes

Havard Book Store welcomes JILL MCCORKLE—author of Hieroglyphics—for a discussion of her new short story collection Old Crimes. She will be joined in conversation by JAYNE ANNE PHILLIPS—author of Night Watch.

About Old Crimes

Jill McCorkle, author of the New York Times bestselling Life After Life and the widely acclaimed Hieroglyphics (“One of our wryest, warmest, wisest storytellers” —Rebecca Makkai), brings us a breathtaking collection of stories that offers an intimate look at the moments when a person’s life changes forever.

Old Crimes delves into the lives of characters who hold their secrets and misdeeds close, even as the past continues to reverberate over time and across generations. And despite the characters’ yearnings for connection, they can’t seem to tell the whole truth. In “Low Tones,” a woman uses her hearing impairment as a way to guard herself from her husband’s commentary. In “Lineman,” a telephone lineman strains to connect to his family even as he feels pushed aside in a digital world. In “Confessional,” a young couple buys a confessional booth for fun, only to discover the cost of honesty.

Profoundly moving and unforgettable, for fans of Alice Munro, Elizabeth Strout, and Lily King, the stories in Old Crimes reveal why McCorkle has long been considered a master of the form, probing lives full of great intensity, longing and affection, and deep regret.

Praise for Old Crimes

“A splendid, wide-ranging collection that once again proves McCorkle is a master of the form.” —Jenny Offill, author of Weather

“Jill McCorkle has had an extraordinary ear for the music of ordinary life since the beginning of her career, able to work with the voices we know so well to write these stories about they will not tell us, what they would rather not tell us, what they hope to tell us, what too often goes unsaid. And this collection is a new wonder.” —Alexander Chee, author of How to Write An Autobiographical Novel

“With her wry humor, deep understanding of human connection and disconnection, and a tremendous sense of fun, Jill McCorkle has given us another dazzling collection of stories.” —Lily King, author of Five Tuesdays in Winter